Nine civilians were named Tuesday to the Fairfax Police Civilian Review Panel, which was formed as an independent board to look at police abuse casesas part of ongoing police reforms after the 2013 shooting death of John B. Geer.
The panel will accept citizen complaints about misconduct or abuse of power and will also have the authority to request and review completed internal investigations about civilian complaints against an officer.
The panel can also hold public hearings, but will not wield oversight on potentially criminal use of force or police-involved shootings; those would be cases for the commonwealth’s attorney and the newly hired police auditor.
Members will examine the use of abusive language, harassment or discrimination, reckless endangerment of someone in custody and “serious” violations of Fairfax County or police procedures, according to a news release from Sharon Bulova (D), chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
The members of the review panel, all Fairfax residents chosen by the board, include Hansel Aguilar, an investigator for the D.C. Office of Police Complaints; Kathleen Davis-Siudut, an Air Force sexual assault prevention expert; Steve Descano, a former federal prosecutor; Hollye Doane, an attorney,journalist andmediator; Douglas Kay, a former judge advocate in the U.S. Navy and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney; Randy Sayles, a former agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department; Jean Senseman, a licensed clinical social worker; Adrian L. Steel Jr., chairman, an attorney who was on the county’s Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission; and Rhonda VanLowe, an attorney on the Governor’s Task Force for Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response.